15-Jun-2013 -- This report describes the second out of three confluence visits that I made during a week-end in Magdeburg.
From the previous confluence point, 52°N 12°E, my navigator told me that the drive will take 2 hrs 20 mins to this one 110 km further north. But the river Elbe had historic flood water and several dikes had been broken. A huge area of land had been flooded including several villages.
My plan was to follow the road B107 along the Elbe, but when I reached the village of Jerichow, I realized that this was the end of road. All the areas north of Jerichow were under water. The inhabitants of Jerichow were lucky that the dam broke a little further north and a ring made of sand-bags resisted the water, saving the village. I had to turn back to Genthin and make a huge circle via Rathenow, Kyritz (because even Sandau and Havelberg were isolated).
At 2:30 PM, after a 5:30 hours drive(!), I reached Grube, where the confluence point is located just north of the village entrance. According to my measurement, the exact location is 1 m east of the road. There is a mown meadow on the eastern side of the road and a forest to the west. The place-name sign of Grube is just 50 m further south.
CP Visit Details:
- Distance to an asphalt road: 1 m
- Distance to a track: 1 m
- Distance of car parking: 35 m
- Time to reach CP from parking: 15 seconds
- Time at CP: 2:30 PM
- Measured height: 34 m
- Minimal distance according to GPS: 0 m
- Position accuracy: 15 m
- Topography: flat
- Vegetation: short grass on the meadow (mown), deciduous forest to the west.
- Weather: fine, 26° C (felt temperature)
- Given Name: The Historic Floodwater Confluence
The story continues at 52°N 11°E.